Tottenham and Manchester United will both be keen to continue their recent good form when they meet at White Hart Lane in Sunday’s early kick-off.
It did not take long at Leicester City on Boxing Day for Harry Kane to add to his ever-increasing goals tally, but Spurs were given a rough ride by the Premier League’s bottom club, and ended up somewhat fortunate to come away with all three points.
Another in-form man, Christian Eriksen, hit the winner, which ensures the club are now just two points off the top four, but this will be a major test for a side which has often struggled on home turf this season, while they have not beaten United at home since May 2001.
It will be interesting to see how the home defence sets about coping with the threat of Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, all of whom were in fabulous form last time out against Newcastle United, with some lovely link-up play leading to a 3-1 win.
Rooney in particular appears to be thriving in a midfield role, and Louis van Gaal’s much talked about formation and philosophy has now taken effect. The Dutchman is aiming to win the title, but it is difficult to see them not achieving their minimum target of finishing in the top four.
The home side should have Ryan Mason back for this one, ensuring that they have a fully-fit squad to choose from. Ben Davies and Roberto Soldado may be recalled to the starting XI.
Man Utd have doubts over the fitness of Angel Di Maria, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Adnan Januzaj, while Daley Blind and Luke Shaw are definitely out.
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